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Grand Tetons National Park in Wyoming ~ Pictures + Memories of Scenic Vacation

Updated on July 29, 2017
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Wyoming is a spectacularly beautiful state filled to the brim with eye catching splendor. See some of the images I captured here.

Chapel of the Transfiguration in the Grand Tetons National Park
Chapel of the Transfiguration in the Grand Tetons National Park | Source

Vacationing in the Grand Tetons

Many photos and memories of our vacation in the Grand Tetons National Park in the scenic State of Wyoming will be highlighted here.

Fortunate are the people who live in this beautiful area of our country. They get to enjoy these wide open spaces filled with breath-taking scenery on a daily basis. For the rest of us who live elsewhere, this is a destination spot that holds much allure. Visitors are welcomed in all seasons and each season has it's special tourist offerings.

There are many guest ranches (formerly called dude ranches) where one can pick up the flavor of living and working as a cowboy if one wishes. Also offered are ski resorts since this area has the requisite mountains and areas in which to practice that sport.

Hikers can be made happy as trails lead one to numerous discoveries and vary from easy walking to challenging the most athletic of participants. The lakes and rivers provide aquatic fun for people of all ages.

Bird and animal lovers can delight in spotting rather rare species, such as the trumpeter swans, as well as more commonly found ones that make this area their home.

Trumpeter Swan
Trumpeter Swan | Source

Art lovers can enjoy an abundance of museum quality art in the Jackson Hole galleries. Comedic live theater productions keep families entertained in this western flavored town. An assortment of restaurants will tantalize the most discerning of palates.

There is literally something here for everyone!

My mother, niece and I only had two weeks in which to soak up the sounds, sights and flavors of this wonderful Wyoming destination.

We took a tour of the Tetons one of the first days after settling in to our cabin at Cross Creek Ranch. The Chapel of The Transfiguration was our first stop on this tour after traveling through part of the National Elk Refuge just outside the town of Jackson Hole.

Inside the non-denominational Chapel of The Transfiguration
Inside the non-denominational Chapel of The Transfiguration | Source

This chapel was included on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978. It is a chapel that welcomes everyone to participate in the church services. It is constructed in log cabin fashion. The very rustic interior with pews made of quaking aspen face the large glass window at the altar which beautifully frames the majestic Tetons. Nature in all its glory is there to be seen and contemplatively enjoyed.

Road through the Grand Tetons National Park
Road through the Grand Tetons National Park | Source

Our tour guide's name was Grizzly. His appearance fit his name! He was a bearded fellow and had a rotund shape such as one would think of a grizzly bear. A friendly fellow he kept us informed but also entertained with his original songs.

You can undoubtedly tell by looking at the photos that this is a one way road. Animals walk freely throughout this area and the only time that one would see a number of cars bunched up and stopped along the side of the road was when a number of elk or moose or other such animals were spotted.

Grizzly described these car and people gathering places as a "moose jam" or as an "elk jam." Whatever the appropriately spotted animal was that caused people to slow down, stop and take a better look was titled a "jam." These occasional "jams" also became great occasions to take photographs.

The speed limit on this one way road was slow. I forget the actual speed. But it allowed one to truly savor the sights without feeling rushed and the animal sightings could more easily be made.

Leigh Lake in the Grand Tetons

Along the banks of Leigh Lake...
Along the banks of Leigh Lake... | Source

Leigh Lake is one of several crystal clear lakes surrounded by verdant green foliage and the splendid Teton Mountains. In this photo my niece is looking back at me while a boy is casting his fishing rod into the lake.

Leigh Lake in the Tetons
Leigh Lake in the Tetons | Source
Leigh Lake
Leigh Lake | Source
Many bridges like this one were built and are maintained to facilitate hiking the trails.
Many bridges like this one were built and are maintained to facilitate hiking the trails. | Source

Jenny Lake

Grizzly arranged a boat ride on Jenny Lake and what we saw made us determined to return another day and see some of what he described on the hike that we later undertook.

Jenny Lake
Jenny Lake | Source

Being a song writer, we encouraged him to sing more of his creations. The sound of his voice lifted in song echoed across the water and delighted us almost as much as viewing the pristine waters and breath-taking scenery.

Colter Bay Village in the Grand Tetons

Our lunch break on this tour was spent at Colter Bay Village Visitor Center.

Not only was this located in a very scenic spot in the Grand Tetons but we became more educated as to the formation of these mountains; the indigenous wildlife in the area and other details.

Lake Jackson as viewed from Colter Bay Village
Lake Jackson as viewed from Colter Bay Village | Source

These photos show the beauty of the area.

This area on Lake Jackson is called Inspiration Point
This area on Lake Jackson is called Inspiration Point | Source
Boats of all types were seen on Lake Jackson
Boats of all types were seen on Lake Jackson | Source

Many people were enjoying themselves in many different types of boats out on Lake Jackson. It would have been fun to have had the time to rent one and go out on this lake, but time did not permit us to do that.

Ox-Bow Bend Turnout of the Snake River
Ox-Bow Bend Turnout of the Snake River | Source

This was our last stop of the day on that particular tour.

The Snake River looks quiet and calm in this photo taken of the Ox-bow Bend Turnout. It was to be a bit more boisterous and challenging on the part of the river that we chose to take our whitewater rafting trip a few days later.

Many horseback riders are seen riding in the Tetons.
Many horseback riders are seen riding in the Tetons. | Source

Horseback riding is offered at many places in the Grand Tetons National Park. One can tell from the crossing sign above that this would be a regularly followed trail.

One day my niece and I rode horseback on top of the butte overlooking Jackson Hole. At one point we were going through a beautiful grove of aspen trees. The glimpses we would get of the valley below us offered a great perspective of the area in general.

Some fellow tourists with which we had conversed had seen llamas transporting gear for avid hikers in the park.

Dornan's Chuck Wagon

In Moose, Wyoming is a place called Dornan's Chuck Wagon.

Indian tepees grace the grounds along with a good supply of hand hewed picnic tables. The grocery store offers a great variety of specialty foods and premium cheeses, coffees, fresh produce and bulk natural foods.

Teepee on grounds of Dornan's Chuck Wagon
Teepee on grounds of Dornan's Chuck Wagon | Source

We purchased some delicious deli sandwiches that were so huge that we made two meals of each one of them. Picnicking on these grounds surrounded by the towering Tetons during a bright and sunny day was delightful.

Enjoying a picnic at Dornan's
Enjoying a picnic at Dornan's | Source

At the adjacent gift shop one can rent bikes and canoes. There is a mountaineering shop and also a laundromat. Cabins can be secured and this is an excellent place to purchase necessities like gas and ice. We bought a backpack to carry our water and refreshments for the many outings that we were to enjoy.

1,500 selections of wine are offered for sale in their extensive wine shop! I purchased a Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc from Stonegate for my mother and I to enjoy at the end of a day in our Cross Creek Cabin with the cool crisp mountain air outside making our blazing fire in the hearth even more inviting.

Since my husband was not with us, I purchased a souvenir t-shirt from Dornan's that said "Life is too short to drink cheap wine." Never did I expect to see such an assortment of wines in this country setting!

Taggart Lake Trailhead

Hiking along the Taggart Lake Trail we saw evidence of a fire that had passed through this area some time ago. The trees still standing looked scorched but the ground was covered with new emerging green growing seedlings and shrubs and even blooming flowers.

Taggart Lake Trailhead
Taggart Lake Trailhead | Source

Many fires were raging in Yellowstone National Park in 1988. In fact at one point they had to close access to the park from the southern entrance to assure public safety.

Most all of the days we spent in the Tetons the weather was bright and sunny except for one swiftly passing storm one evening which made for a spectacular sunset.

But due to the fires and a wind shift the last day when we were scheduled to leave smoke was beginning to fill the air and we wondered if our airplane was going to be able to take off. Our other option would have been to extend the lease on our rental car and start our exodus out of the valley prior to the smoke obscuring our route out of there. It was a bit scary.

The plane did take off and all was well. After a long and protracted battle up in Yellowstone the fires were finally brought under control. Many of them were left to burn naturally and the debate continues to this day as to what is the best method to treat these naturally occurring events in our nation's national parks and other protected areas.

String Lake

The water was very cool in String Lake and the bottom was extremely rocky. It hurt our feet trying to wade in barefoot.

It is a beautiful area offering a great picnic spot.

String Lake
String Lake | Source

If we had had more time, we would have liked to have gone back to this area and wade into the refreshing water with sneakers on our feet.

Most all the people were wearing some type of foot protection.

Some people were rafting and obviously spending the entire day here.

This ended one day of our sightseeing in the park. That evening we dined in the town of Jackson Hole at Jedediah's Original House of Sourdough. All the dinners were full course and included soup, vegetables, fresh baked breads, salads and desserts.

I ordered a Roasted Buffalo Loaf ( "Winner of Restaurant Award of Excellence by the National Buffalo Association") It was truly tasty! Other offerings include such entrees as Rocky Mountain Spring Trout to Quail to Steaks, and even Baked Stuffed Eggplant. Portions are huge everywhere in Wyoming.....at least from our perspective.

The Gros Ventre Slide
The Gros Ventre Slide | Source

Exploring this Gros Ventre Slide one day, it occurred to us just how rapidly geologic shifts in the earth can drastically alter a landscape. While this is perhaps not the most scenic area in the Tetons, it is interesting none-the-less.

My niece walking amidst the rubble that used to be on top of a mountain in the far distance. Gros Ventre Slide
My niece walking amidst the rubble that used to be on top of a mountain in the far distance. Gros Ventre Slide | Source

In some cases lodge pole pine trees that had been growing in an upright position near the top of the mountain had grabbed a foothold in the debris and now survive with their trunks in an almost horizontal position with branches reaching upwards towards the sun.

Lower Slide Lake was dammed up after the landslide and is a recreational area today.
Lower Slide Lake was dammed up after the landslide and is a recreational area today. | Source

It looked like a crazy topsy turvy world!

Some pretty aspen trees with the Grand Tetons in the background
Some pretty aspen trees with the Grand Tetons in the background | Source

We stayed active each day enjoying different sights and having some fun. This group of photos is from various days on this trip.

There is a self guided trail that takes one to the Cunningham Cabin.

Pierce and Margaret Cunningham were one of the first families to homestead in Jackson Hole. They built a log cabin in 1890 and tried raising cattle.

Mr. Cunningham served as game warden, postmaster, justice of the peace and county commissioner while living in Jackson Hole for 40 years. They finally departed this area moving to Idaho.

During our final day we spent over two hours at the Signal Mountain boat ramp area. We actually hated to leave this gorgeous spot! The Signal Mountain Lodge and boat ramp is located on the southern end of Jackson Lake. Camping facilities are nearby and many people were enjoying themselves while doing some wind surfing.

My mother with Lake Jackson and the Tetons forming the backdrop at the Signal Mountain boat ramp area.
My mother with Lake Jackson and the Tetons forming the backdrop at the Signal Mountain boat ramp area. | Source

Have you had similar experiences in this region of the United States?

I invite you to share some of your memories in the comment section below.

If you have visited The Grand Tetons National Park in Wyoming, these photos should bring back some happy memories, and if not at least you have some idea of this part of our country and the scenic attractions just waiting to be discovered.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Shyron,

      So happy to know that you enjoyed seeing these many photos and learning some things about the Grand Tetons National Park. Thanks for the votes, share and pin.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Au fait,

      Hope you are able to visit this most beautiful national park someday. Thanks for the 5 star rating, votes and the share.

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      Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago from Texas

      Peg, I really enjoyed this hub. I would love to visit there sometime. The pictures on her are just awesome. Voted-up, Awesome, Beautiful and Interesting, shared and pinned.

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      This is a trip I would love to have made! Beautiful photos. Almost got to Wyoming and Montana, but almost doesn't count. Great information and a fantastic hub as always. Voted up, BAUI and will share with my followers. Oh, nearly forgot. gave you 5 more stars, too.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Angelique Rea,

      Will definitely check out your hub. Obviously the major landmarks have not changed in the Grand Tetons National Park so will be interested to see what you have featured. Thanks for your comment.

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      Angelique Rea 5 years ago

      Your Hub showed up as related to mine when I published my Hub for GTNP, so of course I had to check out your Hub.... It is interesting to see your photos (which are great!!) and some of the differences that have happened in the park since your visit.

      Thanks for sharing your experience.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello jaclin,

      Since you are so nicely leaving comments on each hub, I too am reliving our trip there to the stunning Grand Tetons National Park in Wyoming. THANK YOU! The mountains had a little snow as you can see from these pictures but probably not nearly as much as you saw since we were there a month later. Aren't those lakes beautiful...such crystal clear water! Again...thanks!

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      jaclin 6 years ago

      Today I am slowly reliving my 2010 road trip across the States by visiting various hubs that you have written... we spent about a week in total around this area - and I remember vividly the afternoon that we drove towards the Teton Mountain range... still covered in snow - even though it was June... looking at your photos and reading your account of your journey just brings back stunning memories... Thankyou...

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Ann,

      That is actually what I meant to indicate...even had a link to the Chapel of the Transfiguration. Have changed the wording to make it more accurate. Thanks for reading and commenting on this Grand Tetons National Park hub and leaving your comment. I appreciate it.

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      Ann 7 years ago

      The church is actually an Episcopal Church not non-denominational - but all are welcome to participate in worship and communion.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Attraction in Australia,

      What a colorful comment! Nice! We did travel to the Grand Tetons National Park in summer and while the roads may seem packed to those that live there in quieter times of the year...it seemed not crowded a bit to us who came from Houston, Texas. Guess it is all a matter of perspective! Ha!

      Have not visited Australia yet, but friends of ours who have been there loved it as well as New Zealand which is closeby. Thanks for the comment.

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      Attraction in Australia 7 years ago

      The best season to visit Grand Teton is between the Fourth of July and Labor Day, when the Northern Rockies come to life. Flowers bloom, fish jump, bison calves frolic and tourists tour. The park roads are crowded with trailers, with the well-known spots jammed with a significant portion of the millions who make their treks to Montana and Wyoming every year. Wildlife are typically visible in the park year-round. Common mammal sightings include moose, elk, bison, coyote and marmots. Common bird sightings include eagles, ospreys, sage grouse and Western tanagers.

      http://www.australiavoyage.net

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi kiwi91,

      Happy to hear that you got to enjoy the Grand Tetons National Park as we did. Such gorgeous scenery in that part of Wyoming. Obviously the fact that you have a photo hanging in your living room, you cherish the memories. Thanks for the comment.

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      kiwi91 7 years ago from USA

      I was in Grand Teton National Park a few years ago. It was an amazing experience. I have a photo of Jackson Lake and the Tetons in the background hanging in my living room. Beautiful hub.

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello David,

      I found the photo that you meant and you are right. The photo of my mother was taken at the Signal Mountain boatramp, but the Tetons form the backdrop behind Lake Jackson. Will make that change right now. Thanks for your "eagle eye" in spotting this! Do you live in the area?

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      David 8 years ago

      signal mountain is not part of the tetons, and would be located directly behind the camera....Mt. Moran is the one you are thinking of

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi TamCor,

      The scenery in the Grand Tetons National Park is so breathtakingly beautiful that I can fully understand why your son is still talking about it. Glad you enjoyed the hub and thanks for commenting.

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      Tammy Cornett 8 years ago from Ohio

      Peggy--Our son Larkin went there on a senior trip in high school a couple of years ago, and he is STILL talking about how wonderful it was. I'm going to point this hub out to him, so he can read about your experience, and see your beautiful pics!

      Thanks for a great read! :)

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Journey,

      The Grand Tetons are truly lovely and one can definitely find peace there as well. Thanks for viewing and commenting.

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      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 8 years ago from USA

      It looks really lovely and peaceful there. Thanks for sharing the photos.

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Matthew,

      Thanks for your comment and adding a bit more information about the Grand Tetons National Park for folks who have not been there. This might encourage them to plan a trip there. We also loved it! Hope you took some photos of your own?

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      Matthew 8 years ago

      I was in the Grand Teton region July 6-11, 2009. These photos are a great reminder. I'm well traveled, and confess that the Teton Range is my favorite place on Earth. We hiked 6 to 7 miles every day. The one thing photos can't capture is the cold nip in the air, even on 80-degree days. . .crisp. I can't imagine a world without such a beautiful place.

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi loveroflife,

      Yes my mother, niece and I did have some great vacations together...mostly in natural areas visiting National Parks and the like. The Grand Tetons, for people who have not been there, are well worth a visit.

      Hope you have been to the Tetons or get to go someday.

      Thanks for the comment.

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      loveroflife 8 years ago

      More beautiful photos. This time the Grand Tetons. You certainly experienced some great vacations.

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi MellasViews, If you liked this, be sure and check out my hub on Jenny Lake and also Jackson Hole. I divided them up because I could never have fit them all into one hub. If you have extra time.......Yellowstone can also be seen. If not, spend all your time in the Tetons. You will not be disappointed!

      Each and every National Park in the U.S. is so distinctive and worth one's time in visiting. I think that sometimes we think of far off destinations as being worth a vacation........and they ARE! But many people neglect the ones in our own country.

      Our experince.......our National Parks are LOADED with foreign visitors!!!

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      MellasViews 8 years ago from Earth

      loved the beautiful photos... I want to go here!!!!! Going away this upcoming fall, we already re-booked a trip back to the bahamas... but these photos you have shared are spectacular... a place I defwant to explore.

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Glad that I could help! Ha! I remember those frigid days when we lived in Central Wisconsin. Brrr! The winters are really nice in Houston but then we pay for it with our hot and humid summer days. Guess few places are perfect. Bundle up and stay warm, rockinjoe.

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      Joseph Addams 8 years ago from Standing right behind you!

      How beautiful. Thanks for sharing your vacation. It's 7 degrees where I am today. You've made me feel MUCH warmer:)